The life of Alderman Sam Peel celebrated in new community play produced by Wells Maltings

Call out for performers to take part in this exciting local venture – informal open auditions to be held Sunday 1st October

The life of Sam Peel was a truly inspirational one. He oversaw the reorganisation of post-war education in the county, laid the foundations for the National Health Service in north Norfolk and took on the establishment in his tireless efforts to bring changes to improve the lives of ordinary people.  In 2013 Sam’s granddaughter Susan Wild wrote a book to tell people about the achievements and about the work of this incredible man: the book Sam Peel – A Man Who Did Different was published and sold locally though Norfolk.

Now Wells Maltings wishes to take the story one step further. An original play based on the book has been commissioned, and will be performed by a community cast at the Alderman Peel High School in Wells in February 2018.  The play, written by local playwright Robin McLoughlin, forms part of the Maltings’ Heritage Lottery funded activity plan, which aims to encourage and engage the community, and to support them, in celebrating local heritage and history.

The process of producing this community venture started several months ago, with an open meeting for anyone interested in being involved. From that, a working group was formed, including Maltings staff and Susan Wild herself, which oversaw the development of script and production concept, and the appointment of the play’s production team and director, Ben Francis.

The production team now needs to find the local actor who will bring Sam to life on stage, alongside his wife Annie Peel and a whole host of true Norfolk characters.  Additionally, the team would like to try and find 75 local people to be in the crowd scenes and to bring a realistic element to some of the situations Sam found himself in.

A very informal audition process will therefore be held on Sunday 1st October at 11.00am at the Sackhouse in Wells next the Sea. The aim is to find some of the principals Characters for the play and take the production forward.  Production Manager Jen Davies says. “We would encourage everyone and anyone to come along and have a go, whether you have been on stage in the West End or never stepped foot on the stage, but always wanted to, we would like you to come and get involved. You might also like to go and read more about the life of this extraordinary man, who made such a difference to our town”.

For further information on the production or the auditions to be held on 1st October, contact the Maltings team on 01378 711378 or email sampeelplay@wellsmaltings.org.uk

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